Giuseppe Penone: Intersecting Gaze / Sguardo incrociato
This poster featuring Contatto—occhio destro di R. . . (2009) was produced in 2012, in conjunction with the exhibition Giuseppe Penone: Intersecting Gaze / Sguardo incrociato at Gagosian, Davies Street, London.
For this exhibition, Penone engaged with the vitrine-like architecture of the Davies Street gallery to develop an installation about the act of looking. In Contatto—occhio destro di R. . ., thorns delineate the shape of enlarged human eyes; they underline the points of contact between the form of the eyes and the canvas surface like nerve terminals. By relating acacia tree thorns to the human eye, Penone brings out the subtle yet intrinsic similarities between subject and material: the eye captures images with light, while the tree exists because of the light that is vital to its survival.